The southern state of Kerala is known for its extraordinary coastal delights and the Jewish influenced town of Fort Kochi provides a pleasant mix of beach fun and a quaint history to take a plunge into.
A short drive from the capital city of Cochin, Fort Kochi is accessible by road and ferry. The ferry of course is the more charming method to make your way to this little town. Venture into the market to pick up souvenirs or saunter by the fishing market before making your way to the beach.
Spend the day sipping fresh juices and catch up on a favourite book. The crisp silhouettes of Chinese fishing nets in a distance against the setting sun are a memory you will definitely want to capture.
There are many small stalls and restaurants which make use of freshly caught fish to create tasty traditional cuisine.
When to go
The best period to visit is in the months of October to March after the monsoon season. The town has some unique festivals like the Kochi Carnival, which is held in early January and involves costumed processions and masked dances. In February, temple festivals hold processions of up to 100 elephants.
How to get there
The nearest airport is 26km to the north of Ernakulam. There are two main railway stations, Ernakulam Junction near the centre, and Ernakulam Town, 2km further north. A ferry service connects Ernakulam, Vypeen Island, Willingdon Island and Fort Cochin.
Other sights of interest
Fort Cochin is the hub Cochin’s colonial past. With old Portuguese churches and mansions to visit. Famous churches here include the St Francis’ Church where Vasco de Gama was buried. Browse the market stalls in town for a wide variety souvenirs.
Once in Kerala, you are bond to get sucked into the array of activities! Fort Kochi Beach will help you get a break from stimulating the senses – just relax and submerge yourself in the warm sea breeze.
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